Friday, October 8, 2010

Visits

The Fleurie agency came to the office on Friday to do a story about the harvest, and as we still had not started, it turned into an interview at the office.
In the afternoon, visit of an English couple customers of one of our good and loyal customers, broker in the UK and a prospect for Costa Rica, and a couple of friends of friends Franco-American-Argentinian! Wine lovers, they are also looking to buy a property in Saint Emilion. I should open a real estate agency.
About real estate agencies in Saint Emilion, they all offer the same properties. Is this the right way to sell real estate with prices between 3 and 6 million Euros?

Saturday, with our couple friends, we visited some properties to get a feel for the places and get an idea of prices, we also visited other properties: our own and the one built from ground-up by Carole and Stéphane Bendenc: Chateau Maro de Saint Amant and Villhardy.

The harvest of Merlot ended, as in many properties with early terroir or specific cultivation methods leading to early ripening, all is relative this year. We did not even start at the beginning of the week but maybe on Thursday or Friday, in our 20 years of activity, it will be the latest harvest.

I read comments from technicians in the Medoc or superb analysis reports in the right bank and comments surprised by the strong potential of this harvest of Merlot and Cabernet. These comments are credible, not coming from “sellers” or “traders”. It’s not yet a done deal, but as of today we’re on our way to make again a very good vintage in Bordeaux.

We drank with our meal : Clos du Beau Père 2006, good, Valandraud 2008, very good but it is closing up, Mendel Unus 2006 Argentinian wine (Mendoza) produced by Roberto de la Mota with 70 % Malbec and 30 % Cabernet Sauvignon, good and powerful.
Le Moulin 2008 Pomerol, rare, made by Michel Querre, closed, somewhat austere like this classic style vintage Bordeaux knows how to produce, to drink again in 7 to 10 years.
Fleur de Gay 2006, one of the wines which inspired Valandraud, sexy, very Pomerol, next to Haut Carles 2006 powerful, for long cellaring, very pure and with great freshness (clayey-limestone terroir), the style Patrick or Laurent like
Meursault Bouches Chères 1997 from Buisson Charles still with energy and a great Bourgogne Blanc Comtes Lafon in Meursault in 2005, Clos de la Barre

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